Fiona also acts as a Court appointed Independent Administrator in contested estates, which often requires her to take firm, decisive action to relieve the deadlock in the estate and bring the estate administration to a conclusion.
Fiona is also experienced in contested Court of Protection matters; she regularly advises on matters involving attorneys acting in breach of duty, and financial abuse of vulnerable people.
Fiona is committed to achieving the most favourable outcome for her clients, and sees litigation as a last resort. She deals with cases in the most cost effective way she can, and she is experienced in achieving out of court settlements by way of mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Fiona is formidable, tenacious and truly understands the complexities of a case.
Chambers' HNW Guide 2021 comments that Fiona works with a broad range of clients, assisting with wills and trusts disputes. "Fiona is top flight," enthuses a source, describing her as "very calm," "level-headed and cool." The source continues: "She is good at dealing with demanding clients and hard opponents." "She is technically excellent, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her," states a market insider.
Legal 500 2021 has named Fiona Lawrence as a Next Generation Partner.
A client for whom Fiona successfully settled a Will dispute says “We have received an exemplary service. Fiona dealt with our case with vigour and took time to be thorough in all aspects of the matter. The service was efficient, very effective and we are very grateful to her and her team!”
Another client comments:
"It is never easy to find a professional to lean on and one who takes the time to truly understand the issue at hand. Fiona Lawrence has exceeded all expectations I ever had in this regard. Fiona has helped me navigate a very delicate situation whilst retaining an enormously elevated level of professionalism. I have come to rely upon her advice and her counsel without regard. I shall always hold her in the highest esteem and would never hesitate to recommend her for her insight, her acuity and perhaps most of all - her strength and her kindness."
Fiona has been at VWV since 2002, and previously worked for Thring Townsend.
She is a member of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).
Fiona has been involved in the following reported cases:
Fiona has published the following articles:
Outside work, Fiona enjoys spending time with her family and her teenage boys, cycling and open water swimming. Fiona is currently training to swim the Dart 10k.